Nothing can beat the feeling of taking a great picture, except maybe the whirr of a polaroid print. Like, wouldn’t you love to grab a DSLR, and start taking pictures of all the cool things you see on the street?
And what if you managed to take a polaroid photograph every single day?
James Livingston, born October 25th, 1956, was a New York based photographer as well as a film-maker and circus performer. In 1979 he received a Polaroid SX-70 and soon began taking a photograph a day, which naturally morphed into the ‘polaroid a day’ project. He took photos every day between March 31, 1979 to the day of his death on October 25th, 1997.
When his project began on March 31st, 1979, he was still a college student getting to grips with the whole photography thing.
Taking a picture every single day for the next 18 years he amassed over 6,000 pictures. He documented every single facet of his life till the day of his death, armed with his camera. Showing everything from his family, friends and relationships, to his jobs as a filmmaker and photographer.
As the project progressed, the whole thing became more introspective as he started to battle with cancer after being diagnosed in 1997. He passed that same year on October 25th, but he left behind an amazing Polaroid photography project that made sure his life would be remembered down to the tiniest detail.
This is what Jamie looked like in 1979, when he started the project.
The first of 6,697 photos from the project. Looks like a screenshot from a retrospective music video.
Jamie also did circus acts as a “side job” if you will. This picture was taken on June 13, 1981.
Oculus Rift, (March 7) 1982 edition.
All photos are dated and sequenced, this one also taken in 1982.
He took this picture while on a trip to Europe, in the summer of 1982.
This was on New Year’s Day 1983.
So many reflections…
So many sunflowers.
This one seems to be very intimate. Taken on September 23, 1986.
This is around the time he got diagnosed with cancer…
Although he appears in quite a few pictures, you hardly ever see him smiling.
Ah, that classic Macintosh computer. Just look how retro that is.
Nice penguin toy.
These are all the photos he had taken by 1988. There are thousands already and another 9 years worth to come.
What a cool thing to remember someone by. RIP Jamie Livingstone, we wish you stayed around for longer.